بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Remember that we wanted to work on a whole bunch of habits?
We even started a special blog just for that purpose.
We chose to start with staying up after Fajr.
That challenge was supposed to last for 21 days.
As those 21 days are almost up, it’s now time to choose the next habit that we want to work on.
What would you like it to be?
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Yes, just 8 more weeks to go before The Greatest Month is here.
I have a feeling that, like me, you find it both depressing and exciting.
Depressing – because we haven’t prepared much for it.
Exciting – because we all love Ramadan.
So, what do we need to work on during these 8 weeks?
Well, to summarise my previous posts, we need to:
1) Improve the quality and quantity of our salaah (prayer)
2) Increase the amount of time that we spend with the Quran
3) Improve our Arabic so that we benefit from both points 1 and 2 above
4) Make up any missed fasts or start doing some voluntary fasts (for those who have no missed fasts to make up)
5) Improve our health and fitness
6) Learn the fiqh of fasting and other aspects of Ramadan (for those who haven’t done so already)
In case you’re wondering why I didn’t mention “improve our character”, that’s because I personally believe that Points 1, 2 and 4 will help do that. However, that’s a topic for a later blog post, insha-Allah.
That’s just a short list of some of the things that we need to work on.
Insha-Allah, I will try to go over all of them in more detail in future posts.
A question for all of you: Is there anything else that you’d like me to cover? If so, please let me know, insha-Allah.
I’ll have more time starting from next week so I plan to:
a) Dedicate the next two months solely to all the Ramadan series, meaning that I won’t be putting up the websites/books/articles/lectures that I usually do.
Your thoughts? Look, if you want me to continue putting them on this blog, then just say so.
As I’ve said before, this is not my blog, rather this is our blog so your opinions do matter.
b) Finish all the pending series, insha-Allah.
c) Write in more detail about various scenarios e.g. how pregnant women can benefit from Ramadan or how those that work and study at the same time can find time for the ibaadah (worship) during Ramadan.
Any more ideas?
The Greatest Month is 4.5 months away so we need to start preparing.
Before we start preparing, we need to know what our goals are.
Firstly, what kind of shape (spiritual, emotional, physical, etc) do we want to be in by the end of Shabaan?
Secondly, what goals do we have for the month of Ramadan itself?
For example, someone might want to memorise Juz Amma (30) and Juz Tabarak (29) by the end of Shabaan. In Ramadan, they might want to memorise Juz Qad Samia (28).
Or a person might want to get up for Fajr on time everyday. In Ramadan, their goal might be to wake up 40 minutes before the adhan of Fajr so that they can do a few rakahs of tahajjud (night prayer) and then eat suhoor (the pre-dawn meal).
So, we could take the following steps:
1) Get a dedicated notebook for this. (Check out last year’s post on keeping a Ramadan journal.)
2) Ask yourself what kind of position you want to have in the hereafter. Please be very ambitious and aim for the top!
3) In order to attain that position in the hereafter, what do you need to do in this dunya (wordly life)? What’s stopping you from doing these things and how can you deal with them?
4) What goals do you need to set this year in order to get that high level of iman in this dunya?
5) How do you see yourself at the first day of Eid? What would you liked to have achieved?
6) In order to have that awesome Eid, what must you have done in Ramadan?
7) In order to have had an awesome Ramadan, what must you have done in the months preceding Ramadan?
8) In order to attain all the above, where do you need to be NOW?
Phew…that was exhausting, wasn’t it?
We do need to think backwards though. It makes things clearer.
So, we need to visualise and then write.
After this, we need to do dua 1) that we reach Ramadan 2) for all the things that we want to attain. (Please read this post on preparing a dua list.)
Ramadan 2011, here we come, insha-Allah.